This is mostly a message to fellow NSWians.
I’ve just been doing some research in order to decide who to vote for. I generally like to have more regard to individual politics than party politics, especially for the larger parties, but I make some exceptions.
For example, I have just discovered that the Liberal/National coalition’s Second Preference Group for the Legislative Council is the Christian Democratic Party.
The Christian Democratic Party.
Right. (Literally.) It’s one of the parties I always make an exception for: membership of the CDP sends someone barrelling down towards the end of my ballot paper.
And when it comes to the Liberal/National coalition’s decision to have the CDP as their Second Preference Group, let’s put it this way: until about 5 minutes ago, I hadn’t decided whether or not my local Liberal candidate for my Legislative Assembly district would get a preference somewhere on my ballot paper (although it was never going to be a first preference), because from what I’ve heard, the individual candidate actually seems quite decent. So I was going to do some research to check out his politics a little more closely and then make a decision about whether, and if so, where, to preference him.
That decision has now been made for me by the decision of his party to associate itself so clearly with the Christian Democratic Party.
(I think that I will be letting a Liberal party how-to-voter know this tomorrow. What makes me think that this might even have some effect on the candidate is that the candidate is gay.)
I honestly do not understand. It’s not like the CDP have reciprocated (their Second Preference Group is Family First). It’s not like there are no other groups which are not left-wing in any way and not completely on the nose and not likely to garner so much support that they will steal seats from the Liberal/National coalition.
It probably has something to do with securing Fred Nile’s support, should the CDP hold the balance of power in the Legislative Council – as is, unfortunately, entirely possible.
Anyway, it has also saved me the time of researching all of the Liberal and National candidates for the Council to decide whether I want to give any individual member a preference for that ballot.
(My only regret about not having to number all the boxes: I don’t get the satisfaction of putting someone last!)